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A guide to keeping and caring for poultry and lifestock on a small scale, Suzie Baldwin's The Smallholder's Handbook is the perfect guide to living the Good Life - whether you're an expert or just getting started.
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With her friendly tone, Suzie offers help and advice to anyone who is interested in this increasingly popular way of life. From setting up and keeping hens and quails to ducks, pigs, sheep, goats and cows, it has all the advice you need for rearing and raising these animals. There is even a section on beekeeping so you can extract your own honey!
The book also offers advice on cultivating your land, all the essentials you'll need to keep the animals and tips for farrowing, lambing, kidding and calving.
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How To Clean Just About Everything will help you give your home the best spring clean it's ever had. A compact book from Reader's Digest that does exactly as the title says, it shows you the best tried-and-tested methods to clean items as varied as computer keyboards, scissors, vases and drains. Packed full of handy advice, the hardback will have your home looking spotless in no time at all.
Cleaning and laundry are chores that most would consider a less-than-enjoyable experience. But the benefits of a well-maintained and cleaned home certainly outweigh the spent efforts and with the help of these two books, readers can turn their home into an inviting space while rediscovering the simple pleasures of housekeeping.
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Ideal for the house-proud person in your life or a student soon to be living away from home for the first time, this set of helpful how-to books makes for the perfect household cleaning guide and provides daily, weekly, monthly and annual checklists for helping to keep them organised.
Providing helpful information from when to dust shelves to when to use pre-wash detergents, the books will prove to be invaluable resources.
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A fantastic accompaniment to the BBC2 TV series, Restoration Home ? presented here in an attractive paperback edition ? is an extraordinary journey of discovery that will help you learn all of the secrets that your house holds. Written by Gavin Weightman, this practical and intriguing guide is broken down into useful chapters that offer handy hints on how to identify the key features of your property and get your hands on important resources such as maps, censuses, deeds and Post Office directories. A must for history fans and property fanatics, as well as those who are interested to learn more about the four walls in which they reside.
Using traditional methods that incorporate both moisturising oils and butters, How to Make Your Own Soap presents readers with a wealth of soap recipes - in traditional bars, liquid or cream form.
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Including step-by-step instructions, stunning photographs and even packaging ideas for gifting your new creations to friends and family, the book teaches how to make soaps from scratch using natural products rather than purchasing commercial alternatives.
A creative and health-promoting hobby, soap making is a hot new trend amongst hobbyists that shows no signs of slowing.
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Edited by Mark Crick, photographer and author of Kafka's Soup, Sartre's Sink and Machiavelli's Lawn, The Household Tips Of The Great Writers sees a range of authors cover all your indoor and outdoor household needs, in hilarious and brilliant ways. Pablo Neruda explains the best way to prune a rose bush, John-Paul Sartre shows how to mend a dripping tap and Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh reveals a special recipe for the perfect chocolate cake - but that's not all he's cooking.
Dr Penny Stanway expertly guides readers through the practical and creative uses for an assortment of household staples in this 6-book collection. Including bicarbonate of soda, cider vinegar, garlic, honey, lemons and olive oil, this comprehensive and entertaining set proves why every home should have these vital ingredients in stock at all times.
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From using cider vinegar to improve your skin and hair to the power of bicarbonate of soda as a cleaning product, explaining why olive oil is known as 'liquid gold' to using lemons as a vital natural remedy, each book provides indispensable and easy-to-follow tips on how to use each product and is a brilliant compendium of the item's many interesting uses.
Along with an A-Z of common ailments, most of the books includes delicious recipes too. A fascinating and unique collection of books that are sure to come in handy around the home.
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How to Iron a Shirt is a delightful little hardback that contains 500 household tips to make your life easier. From avoiding the mystery of the ever-disappearing pen to handy reminders about which member of the family does what activity on weeknights, the book will also show you how easy it is to keep your documents organised in a timely manner and even how to clean the washing machine. Sure to be a useful book for the whole family, the tips are presented in a friendly and light-hearted manner and there is even advice on how to look after domestic pets.
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With three books covering some of nature's most effective ingredients, this collection aims to pull together a vast array of facts about vinegar, bicarbonate of soda and salt. The store cupboard ingredients can be used for cleaning, cooking and can even treat common ailments. With home cures, recipes and everyday hints and tips included, these books cover all the practical household uses of the ingredients and show their versatility. The books also provide information on some of the more whimsical ways they can be used.
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This book contains all the necessary information on basic tools and materials that the do-it-yourself enthusiast will need. It begins with a section on tools and techniques, which covers the basic items needed for most do-it-yourself jobs as well as giving a guide to storing your tools. The chapter on equipment and materials covers plaster, concrete and mortar, roofing materials, adhesives and sealants, as well as fixings and fittings, flooring, painting and wallpapering materials. The final section of the book consists of projects involving basic carpentry skills. From simple projects, such as putting up shelves, to more complex tasks, such as replacing a section of skirting and boxing-in wall pipes, this section will help you to carry out a variety of woodworking tasks.
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The books in this bite-sized new series contain no complicated techniques or tricky materials, making them ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious. Essential DIY Projects is a short, simple and to-the-point guide to that will teach you a number of essential projects around the house in just 96 pages. Suitable even for those who've never picked up a hammer, this is an ideal starting point for the new home-owner or tentative DIY-er. make basic repairs decorate with flair makeover the garden tackle new projects add value to your home
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Collins Complete DIY Manual has sold over 3 million copies and is the most comprehensive and authoritative DIY manual ever produced. For novices, DIY enthusiasts or professionals, this essential book continues to be the most in-depth, up-to-date and user-friendly DIY book on the market, covering everything from decorating and repairs to electricity, plumbing and much more. This fully updated version features an even more accessible design to help you navigate easily through the info, and thousands of new photographs and illustrations to make sure you get your job done quickly and safely. There have been many changes to regulations in recent years, particularly in electricity (the new Part P legislation and changes to cable colours) -- the Manual not only lists but also clearly explains these new regs and helps you work with them. And as we all become much more conscious of the environmental impact our homes have, new material on energy-saving DIY is essential reading for any householder -- saving you money too in the process.
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How many blokes at Haynes does it take to change a light bulb? None. The girls have beaten them to it. They've also fixed the leaky tap, put up the shelves, tiled the kitchen, insulated the loft and changed the oil in the car - all without damaging their nails. Presented in a contemporary, fashionable style (not too much pink, but certainly a bit) and written in a chatty way (with the occasional 'man' joke), the "Women's DIY Manual" will give all the girls the information they need for general household DIY. In true Haynes style, there is clear step-by-step photography and easy-to-follow instructions, with difficulty ratings for each project.
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This title offers traditional wisdom, hints and tips for using natural ingredients in the home. These are five classic volumes filled with hundreds of timeless household hints and tips for using bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, salt, lemon and honey. There are delicious culinary ideas and recipes for these age-old ingredients, with surefire salad dressings and marinades, pickles and preserves, cakes and bakes. It is brimming with traditional household uses, such as cleaning kettles, removing ink from the carpet, making a hair rinse and removing grease spills. You can learn about the medicinal and health benefits that these old-fashioned yet effective remedies can bring your family - from relieving tired muscles and treating wounds and headaches to soothing sore throats and strengthening your immune system. It features a description and history of each ingredient, and a guide to the many varieties that are available. This super collection of practical volumes is packed with hundreds of home cures, household hints and recipes for five staple store cupboard ingredients. "Bicarbonate of Soda" provides versatile cleaning solutions and a range of recipes; "Vinegar" explores one of nature's most miraculous products, capable of doing the jobs of hundreds of household substances; "Salt" gives great advice about both cooking and cleaning with this essential mineral; "Lemon" looks at the nutritional, beauty and health uses of citrus fruits; and "Honey" contains culinary recipes, beauty tips and health benefits. Together, the five books offer essential information and inspirational ideas that will both help and delight every householder.
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Old House Eco Handbook is a companion volume to the authors' highly successful Old House Handbook, published in association with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). It seeks to answer the questions homeowners and others are asking about how to make old houses - medieval and timberframed, Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian terraces - energy-efficient and sustainable. The refurbishment or 'retrofitting' of old houses to meet new requirements into the future is now high on the Government's agenda. Old houses are, by their nature, a sustainable asset: their refurbishment is becoming a priority as attempts are made to address millions of energy-sapping, poorly insulated and far from airtight homes. Energy-efficiency, in particular, is vital to cut carbon emissions, a major contributor to global warming. How should we go about this without devaluing future sustainability or the appeal and character of old homes by the use of inappropriate solutions? Old House Eco Handbook sets out to provide the answers. The SPAB, at the forefront of research into old house energy-efficiency, is the ideal partner for this book.
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It is incredible how our home can shape our mood or transform our lives. A successful renovation project can be invigorating and TV?s George Clarke is here with his Home Bible to show us how to get the most out of our living spaces. An experienced and imaginative architect, Clarke believes that the spaces in your home should be reconfigured to match the way that you want to live your life, and his inspirational book is full of golden rules, top tips and examples to help you maximise your living space.
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Many of Britain's four million Victorian and Edwardian houses were shoddily built and often require 'essential repairs'. Problems such as rising damp, timber decay, bowed roofs and subsidence are well-known, but at what point do these common problems become major defects? Forget 'makeovers': this easy-to-use manual shows where to look for danger signs, what's normal and what isn't, and how to fix common defects. Equipped with this book, you can talk the same language as builders and property professionals, and this new edition includes updated rules and regulations as well as guidance on the latest environmental issues.
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The Renewable Energy Home Handbook is biased towards the practical, and covers the installation of all leading types of alternative domestic energy sources - from ground- and air-source heat pumps, PV solar electricity generation and solar water heating, to bio-mass domestic heating systems and wind turbines. Discussing the pros and cons of each technology, it also provides you with a clear overview of what's genuinely required and the benefits to be gained from each system. The author, Lindsay Porter, is best known for his books on motor vehicle technology, making car mechanics and body repairs easy to understand and carry out. But alternative energy and conservation have long been a passion for him and his wife, Shan, so this manual is very much a labour of love. Here, Lindsay applies his commitment to making difficult subjects easy for everyone to understand to the money-saving - planet-saving - systems we can apply to our homes.
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Most of us would love to design and build our own home. In fact, more people than ever are doing precisely this. But how exactly do you go about it? How much of the building work should you do yourself? This manual explains the entire process in plain English, backed up with hundreds of colour photos showing real self-build projects taking shape. Each chapter is devoted to a key stage of the build from the foundations right through to snagging and completion. Whether you tackle some of the works yourself, or employ architects and contractors, this step-by-step guide will show you how to stay firmly in control, get to grips with the latest planning and building regulations, and complete your project on time and within budget.
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Loft conversions are a great way to add valuable living space to your home and significantly boost your property's value. But creating new rooms in your roof can mean making major structural alterations, and raises important questions. How can you tell if your loft is suitable for conversion? How much of the project can you do yourself? Expert guidance is now available in the "Loft Conversion Manual", which explains the whole process in plain English and step-by-step colour photographs. From designing layouts and finding the right contractors right through to snagging and completion, this guide will make converting your home a smooth and successful process.
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Sarah Beeny's practical good sense and expert eye, combined with her natural warmth and energy, are familiar to fans of her hugely popular TV programmes. Her down-to-earth attitude and expert knowledge, gained at the coalface of house renovation, inform her approach to DIY and, in 100 DIY Jobs, she shows exactly how to tackle 100 most common household jobs. For each, a comprehensive tool list is given, followed by clear, step-by-step instructions, and precise technical illustrations for those jobs that need a little more clarification. From the smallest tweak - such as fixing a squeaky door, or dealing with a dripping tap - to more advanced weekend projects such as tiling a bathroom wall or fixing a skirting board, Sarah's advice eliminates any uncertainty. Every area of the home is covered, from Bathrooms and Kitchens to Floors, Walls and Ceilings and Doors and Windows. For those who've recently inherited wooden floorboards, there is advice on filling gaps, sanding them down and bringing their natural beauty to the fore. In a chapter on Painting and Decorating, traditionalists can embrace the new vogue for classic wallpaper while tricky painting jobs that involve obstacles such as radiators are demystified. With its wealth of practical information and clear illustrations, this guide provides a key reference for every homeowner, and an essential item for any Sarah Beeny fan.
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Ever since Gabrielle Stanley Blair became a parent, she's believed that a thoughtfully designed home is one of the greatest gifts we can give our families, and that the objects and decor we choose to surround ourselves with tell our family's story. In this, her first book, Blair offers a room-by-room guide to keeping things sane, organized, creative, and stylish. She provides advice on getting the most out of even the smallest spaces; simple fixes that make it easy for little ones to help out around the house; ingenious storage solutions for the never-ending stream of kid stuff; rainy-day DIY projects; and much, much more.
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Shoestring Luxury is a sourcebook of stylish and achievable ways to create a luxury look in your home - on a budget. Lavishly illustrated with photographs of Darren's own interior design projects, ranging from apartments to larger family homes, it provides key styling ideas that will help you get the most out of a space and create a big impact for a realistic investment of time, energy and money. Whether you are styling a new home, getting a property ready to sell, or simply redecorating, Shoestring Luxury provides budget-conscious design tips and solutions for creating a home that encompasses a luxe, designer aesthetic while still embodying comfort. The book moves from large-scale practicalities and planning through to the elements of design, and takes a detailed look at styling room by room (and the goals, opportunities and potential pitfalls involved).
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A decade ago, B. Allan Mackie was nearing completion of Ardea, the log house he built on Shanty Lake. He shared these experiences in the original edition of The Owner-Built Log House. In this new edition he continues his personal journey, which led him to complete Ardea and realize he had yet to build the perfect log house. This book is a testament to Mackie's most treasured desire - to reproduce the life and style of the pioneers. In this unique book, Mackie provides a thorough, expert and practical guide to building a log house. He demonstrates that, with the will to learn, the average person is more than capable of building a log house that will serve for years to come. This profusely illustrated book is both a technical manual and a photo essay. Mackie, renowned for his skill, recounts each step day by day. The chapters cover: The purpose of building a log house, The building tree, Making a set of plans, How long it will take and how much it will cost. Mackie also carefully addresses such issues as building ecologically and harvesting trees. This new edition of The Owner-Built Log House includes a new chapter that covers the building and finishing of two additional log houses, which were only in the planning stage when the original book was published. Over 30 photographs take the reader carefully through the process of building the author's main house at Shanty Lake as well as a new and smaller retirement home in which the author currently lives.
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